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Sustainability 2015, 7(8), 11306-11320; doi:10.3390/su70811306

Planning the Green Walkable City: Conceptualizing Values and Conflicts for Urban Green Space Strategies in Stockholm

Urban and Regional Studies, Department of Urban Planning and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Drottning Kristinas väg 30, 10044 Stockholm, Sweden
Academic Editor: Tan Yigitcanlar
Received: 24 June 2015 / Revised: 6 August 2015 / Accepted: 7 August 2015 / Published: 19 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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Abstract

Urban green spaces are essential elements of cities, contributing to the quality of life in numerous ways. However, densification strategies create a complex relationship between urban development and the quality, as well as the quantity, of urban green space. This paper examines the Green Walkable City Programme in Stockholm, a document developed to supplement the comprehensive plan as a strategic backbone for green urban planning. Based on interviews and content analysis, this paper identifies and discusses concerns raised in the development of the planning programme, and addresses the importance of urban green space for citizens’ well-being. The new comprehensive plan has introduced a shift in the attitude towards the urban green space in Stockholm. The need for urban growth is used to justify development of green fields, and a focus on the quality, rather than the quantity, of urban green space is promoted. Despite this progress, the public requests definitions for this quality approach and fears that nature within the city will be “parkified”. Therefore, this paper offers a critical reflection on the role of the Green Walkable City Programme, its situation within the context of Swedish green urban planning, and various areas of concern that have been highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban green space; urban planning policy; ecosystem services; parks; Stockholm urban green space; urban planning policy; ecosystem services; parks; Stockholm
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Littke, H. Planning the Green Walkable City: Conceptualizing Values and Conflicts for Urban Green Space Strategies in Stockholm. Sustainability 2015, 7, 11306-11320.

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